Rat Queens: SASS and SORCERY Volume 1 is one of the best comics out there! Image comics has published a jewel in their Shadowline series. This Saturday I ended up buying some comic books in the local comic book store. One of them was Rat Queens. This series has been looming in my to-read list for ages. I wonder why I didn’t pick this title up sooner! If you like diverse comic books plenty of action, magic and sass, this is your comic. Not only you get to know a great group of heroines, you also get to see diversity! Being able to enjoy women with different personalities, body shapes and colors is one of the best experiences ever! It looks natural. I can believe in the comics. And what’s more, even if it’s pure fantasy, one of them could be easily my neighbor! And, oh the sass! There’s plenty of it! If you were waiting for a comic book that has it all and more: this is it!
Our heroes are four women, very different among themselves, who happen to be for hire. Need to get rid of some trolls? No problem! Call the Rat Queens! Betty, Dee, Hannah, and Violet will help you with their awesome skills. Magic, fighting, sass, sorcery and sex-appeal. Because, let’s be honest: if these women were to be real, they all would be extremely alluring. All of them are different, and yet, all of them have something that makes you want to be their friend, lover but never their enemy!
The artwork cover already gives away what they’re all about. But it’s when you start reading that you get hooked with the story. Not only it’s quick and witty, it’s almost free from stereotypes! (Not completely free, but it’s a good read with a great take; more than any other comic out there that I’ve read so far. Plus, the rule here is stereotype-smashing! So, be prepared to be mindblown.)
Rat Queens is quite a violent comic book. However, it’s what’s expected from a gang of mercenaries for hire. We’re too used to read comics where the heroes are all men! What we expect from a comic with a gang of women isn’t troll fighting, exactly. However, because it breaks stereotypes that are so deep in our minds, it’s the perfect read to open them to new horizons. Yes, women can be feminine, alluring and yet lethal.
Rat Queens are independent, strong, sassy and dangerous. They’re more dangerous than you think because they’re creating great standards for their readers: women are badasses, independent, strong beings that can make you swoon or be in hell if they wish it. Diversity is the norm in this comic, and so is the theme of stereotype-breaking. This is a comic book to break, to learn, to enjoy, to laugh and to share. Don’t miss it! You’d be missing a great treasure!
And yes, I’ll keep reading their adventures. This series is too good to be missed!
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